How do we preserve land?
Genesee Land Trust owns and manages nature preserves across the region for the public to enjoy. Volunteer preserve stewards help monitor each preserve and coordinate work parties to help maintain trails, control invasive plants, and assist with other activities.
Protecting land with a conservation easement permanently restricts its use. Working lands, such as farmland, continue to be owned and managed by the farmer and his or her family, knowing that the land will not be developed in the future. Natural lands protected by conservation easement also cannot be developed and must remain open and managed according to the terms of the easement. When it accepts a conservation easement, Genesee Land Trust takes on a permanent responsibility to monitor and enforce the preservation of the lands protected by conservation easement, visiting them each year. The land under conservation easement is continued to be cared for by the landowner, and with few exceptions, it is not open to the public.